Fire kills 17 in Ukraine

Seventeen people have been killed after a fire broke out in a residential building housing elderly people in a village near Kiev, Ukraine’s state emergency service said in a statement.

It said the fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning in a privately-owned two-storey building that was temporarily housing 35 people in the village of Litochky, 37 kilometers northeast of Kiev.

“Emergency services units saved 18 people, five of whom have been hospitalized with burns of varying degrees of severity,” it said. The fire was localized at 05:25 a.m.  it said.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said the fire was a terrible tragedy that had caused irreparable loss and called for an immediate investigation into its causes.

Reuters/Hauwa M.